“The problem stems from the fact that extremists and extremist recruiters have seen universities as safe spaces from which to recruit students.” Has anyone looked into the possibility that the “extremists and extremist recruiters” find universities safe spaces because the academic establishment finds their views in harmony with its own?
“Brit universities are terror hotbeds,” from Reuters (thanks to Sr. Soph):
British universities are coming under the spotlight in the country’s fight against terrorism, with critics calling them a hotbed of extremism while lecturers say any clampdown threatens their freedom of speech.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently highlighted universities as one of the key areas where authorities needed to act against extremist influences.
However, a row is brewing over how officials can clamp down on radical groups recruiting students for militant causes without infringing on genuine academic debate.
The issue of campus extremism came to the fore in the aftermath of the London suicide bombings by four young British Islamists which left 52 people dead in 2005.
That was followed by a report by Professor Anthony Glees, director of Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, which suggested campuses were a breeding ground for extremists.
Glees caused a stir across the academic community by estimating that dozens of British universities had been infiltrated by fundamentalists, based on historical terrorism cases which had involved students or former students.
He now says the situation is even worse.
“What we have seen since 2005 has been an increase in the number of students and former students involved in terrorist crimes,” he said. […]
“The problem stems from the fact that extremists and extremist recruiters have seen universities as safe spaces from which to recruit students,” Glees said.
“The universities are not properly supervising what goes on at campuses, they weren’t and they’re still not, and it is clear they don’t intend to do so in the future.”